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(By Ohio Xiabor News Service)
Columbus, Ohio. Unemployment
compensation benefits are paid on the
full-time wage reported for a worker
by his employer if the record of earn
ings of that employe substantiate
that amount in any reasonable degree,
H. C. Atkinson, administrator of the
Ohio Bureau of Unemployment Com
pensation, stated in an interview last
However, if the reported full-time
wage of an applicant for unemploy
ment benefits does not appear in avail
able records of his earnings, then
benefit payments are based on the
weekly earning which appears most
frequently in the worker's wage rec
By the application of this method
of determining benefits in cases
where the full-time weekly wage is
not established beyond a reasonable
and equitable doubt, Administrator
Atkinson expressed the opinion that
many injustices were avoided.
He cited cases where employers had
certified a full-time wage, which, if
used as a basis for paying benefits,
would have resulted in the claimants
receiving more in unemployment bene
fits than actually earned in any week
in which they worked over a long pe
riod of time.
Other cases were cited in which the
wage record of the claimant revealed
Unemployment Compensation Fund
Balance is $133,976,337 According
to B. U. C. Reports.
Columbus, O. (OLNS).—Initial un
employment benefit claims showed an
increase in November for the first
time since April, according to a re
port issued last week by H. C. Atkin
son, administrator of the Ohio Bureau
of Unemployment Compensation. Job
placements dropped during the month
from September's peak.
Initial claims received in November
numbered 16,218, an increase of 15
per cent over October. However,
reaching a new low for the year, the
number and amount of benefit pay
ments for November, based on earlier
claims, were the lowest yet recorded
since January, first month of benefit
payments. These payments totaled
$1,211,118 or 1.5 per cent less than
the amount paid in October.
For the fifth consecutive month,
benefit payments have declined from
the highest point reached in June
when $2,961,427 were paid to the eli
gible workers of Ohio for total or
partial unemployment.
Cumulative total benefit payments
thi'ough November, 1939, amounted to
$21,168,577. Contributions and inter
est received through November, less
deductions for benefit payments in
1939, leaves available in the fund for
further benefit payments a balance of
The average weekly benefit pay
ment for total unemployment in No-
Wage Established By Worker
Used As Base For Benefits—
Recognize Full-Time Earnings
Workers Who Feel Employer Has Not Certified Their
Proper Wage Have Right to Appeal Claim to Board
of Review—Employer Request Refused by Bureau.
a higher full-time wage than that cer
tified by the employer, and the pay
ment of benefits was ordered based
on the worker's record of earnings.
The administrator pointed out that
this method of comparative computa
tion was necessary and particularly
effective in determining proper bene
fits for workers in industries where
employers denied that a full -time
wage or work week had been or could
be established.
Unemployment benefits in those in
dustries are based by this method on
an earning rate which established a
"ceiling" during the required period,
and the request of the employer that
benefit payments be computed on the
average wage was not allowed by the
By recognition of the established
full-time wage of at claimant for un
employment compensation and use of
comparative computations in other
cases, Administrator Atkinson ex
pressed the opinion that the B. U. C.
was complying with the intent and
language of the benefit section of the
Ohio unemployment compensation law.
Workers who feel that their em
ployer has not certified their proper
wage of earnings, or that the B. U. C.
has failed to compute their benefits
properly, have the right to appeal
their claim to the Board of Review.
vember was $10.22 and for partial
unemployment was $5.20, as compared
with the corresponding payments of
$10.12 and $5.18 in October.
Coupled with the increase in initial
claims, total employment placements
for November numbered 14,231, an 11
per cent decrease from October.
Placements in private industry de
creased 8 per cent from October.
Regular private placements those
lasting more than one month—de
creased 6 per cent. In addition, pub
lic placements reached a low of 687,
or 42 per cent below October, 1939.
Number of applications for work in
the files of the Employment Service
Division at the end of November was
the lowest for this year, and totaled
259,174. The number of new appli
cants seeking work was 23,140—2 per
cent greater than October's figure.
Fourth "Red" Is Indicted
For Falsifying Application
New York City (ILNS). Indict
ment of Harry Gannes, foreign editor
of the Daily Worker, official organ of
the Communist party, on charges of
falsifying an application for a pass
port was disclosed here when Federal
Judge Murray Hulbert made public a
sealed true bill returned on Decem
ber 5.
David Webb&Sons
He was the fourth member of the
party to be accused on fraudulent
passpart charges in recent weeks.
Earl Russell Browder, Communist
general secretary, and Robert Wil
liam Wiener, party financial secre
tary, are under indictment, and Nich
olas Dozenberg, allegedly the No. 2
American Communist, was arrested
at Bend, Ore., on a federal bench
warrant issued here.
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(By Ohio Labor News Service)
Columbus, Ohio. A study com
pleted last week by the state depart
ment of public welfare of old-age as
sistance programs throughout the
country indicated that Ohio will rank
among the top three states in provid
ing for its needy aged during 1939.
On the basis of the study which
covered old-age assistance operations
for the first nine months of the year
in 48 states, the Distinct of Columbia,
and the Territories of Alaska and Ha
waii, Ohio ranked among the leaders
in practically all phases in taking
care of its aged.
From January through September,
Ohio paid its recipients grants to
talling $23,407,860, an amount which
was surpassed only by two other
states—California and New York.
During the nine-month period, total
payments in the eight most populous
states in the country included:
California, $38,149,416 New York,
$23,974,248 Ohio, $23,407,860 Illinois,
$22,455,357 Massachusetts, $19,966,
667 Pennsylvania, $15,232,708 Texas,
$14,739,193 Michigan, $11,664,369.
For the entire year of 1939, Ohio's
total payments are expected to sur
pass those of New York since the
study showed that during June, July,
August, and September total pay
ments in Ohio were above those in
New York with the case-load and pay
ments increasing here in the state
while New York in those four months
showed little increase in case-load or
total payments to recipients.
Pennsylvania, with more popula
tion, lagged far behind Ohio in the
nine-month period in payments to
aged persons.
In the number of persons aided,
only Illinois and California surpassed
Ohio during the first nine months of
the year. The aid for the aged rolls
at the end of September in the eight
most populous states in the country
showed the following number of per
sons being aided:
Illinois, 135,721 California, 134,668
Ohio, 120,925 Texas, 120,520 New
York, 112,547 Massachusetts, 80,596
Pennsylvania, 80,495 Michigan, 80,
Since the first of the year, Ohio has
added a total of 9,742 new recipients
to its rolls in the nine-month period,
being topped in this respect only by
Illinois which added 10,259 to its list
from January through September.
During the same period, Michigan in
creased its rolls by 9,227 while Cali
fornia showed an increase of 8,822
and Texas, 7,227.
Since September, the last month for
which comparative figures were avail
able, Ohio's aid for the aged rolls
Christmas Air Raid
Ohio Ranks Third In Assistance
To Aged Pensioners In Fourth
Position In Grants To Rec
Study of Old-Age Assistance Programs Throughout the
Country Completed Last Week—Administrative Costs
of Division of Aid for Aged Lower Than in 1938.
have shown further increases and at
the end of November the state was
providing for 125,525 recipients.
In the average grant paid per re
cipient, Ohio ranked fourth among
the most populous states, being sur
passed in this phase by California,
Massachusetts, and New York.
The average grant per recipient in
the eight most populous states at the
end of September showed:
California, $32.46 Massachusetts,
$28.26 New York, $23.78 Ohio,
$22.69 Pennsylvania, $21.34 Illinois,
$19.61 Michigan, $16.47 and Texas,
In the matter of burial expend
itures for the year ending June 30,
1939, Ohio ranked first in the nation,
figures showing that the state paid
68,137 in funeral expenses for bury
ing deceased recipients. Michigan
ranked second in burial expenditure
with $315,709, while Illinois was third
with $287,976, and New York fourth
with $240,371.
Although no comparative figures
were available listing administrative
expenses in the various states, Ohio's
administrative cost in operating its
aid for the aged program was under
5 per cent during the first nine months
of this year.
Despite the fact that Ohio's pro
gram during 1939 is providing for
more needy aged than at any time
in the state's history, administrative
costs of the Ohio Division of Aid for
the Aged during the first nine months
of this year were $174,459 less than
for the corresponding period of 1938.
26,144 Certified Air
Line Pilots In U. S.
Washington, D. C. (AFLWNS).
According to a recent announcement
by the Civil Aeronautics Authority
there are 26,144 pilots and 11,160 air
craft certified in the United States.
This was an increase of more than
6,000 pilots and of more than 1,400
aircraft since July 1, 1938, when the
totals were 20,076 pilots and 9,732 air
craft. Further, it was an increase of
more than 3,100 pilots and 1,100 air
craft in the six-month period since
January 1, 1939, when there were
22,983 certificated pilots and 10,000
certified aircraft.
In the private classification alone
during the last six months, there has
been an increase of 971 pilots of which
number 228 were college students who
rceeived their certificates after train
ing under the experimental phase of
the C. A. A. vocational flight training
program inaugurated in 13 school
during the second semester o£ the
1938-39 school year.
St. Louis, Mo. (AFLWNS). —The
A. F. of L. Central Trades and Labor
Union here adopted a resolution call
ing on the Board of Education to ap
ply the recommendations of the St.
Louis fire chief for improving safety
in the public schools.
"Every precaution humanly possible
should be taken to make the schools
as safe as possible," the resolution
In emphasizing the importance of
public school safety, the resolution
declared that the Central Trades and
Labor Union represented thousands
of parents "entitled to know their
children are protected from even the
remotest kind of injury while at
(From Forbes Magazine)
Peace orders are preferable to war
orders, even should the latter proffer
special profit margins. War is ab
normal. Peace is normal. No or
ganization can build permanent pros
perity on abnormal conditions. The
prospect is that if, as is probable, the
European war drags along, belliger
ents will want to place contracts here.
It would be short-sighted policy for
any corporation or company or firm
to accept any overseas orders which
would interfere with its ability to
take care of its steady domestic cus
Assuming that hostilities are likely
to last from 12 to 18 months or even
longer, and assuming also that the Al
lies will call upon the United States
freely for war and other supplies, the
thought must not be lost sight of that
the greater the war inflation, the more
severe will be the aftermath for all
concerns giving themselves over
largely to temporary foreign require
To keep in business, keep on the
right terms with regular, peace-time
Cincinnati (ILNS). —The U. S.
Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld
a Kentucky Federal Court decision in
favor of the National Labor Relations
Board dismissing the $50,000 "strip
tease" libel suit filed by the Clover
Fork Coal Company of Harlan County.
The circuit court decision affirmed
that of Judge H. Church Ford at
London, Kl., that the N. L. R. B. was
an administrative agency of the gov
ernment and as such could not be
sued without government consent.
The company based the suit upon
charges of unfair labor practices
which the board preferred against the
company in July, 1937.
The board had accused the company
of hiring women to do "strip-tease"
dances and "otherwise engage in
gratuitous licentious conduct" for em
ployes of the company in order to keep
them from attending meetings of the
United Mine Workers.
Washington, D. C. Reports from
all over the nation show that holiday
buying is bringing largely increased
sales of union-made Raleigh cig
arettes, manufactured by the Brown
and Williamson Tobacco Company.
Raleigh cigarettes are being exten
sively featured in attractive Christ
mas gift boxes at tobacconists, who
report the boxes in great demand.
Our Christmas and Our
new year KJish for you
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